Historic Village makes plans for Mayfest

Published 6:02 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hatton Ferry has now re-opened for the season. The only poled ferry still in operation in the U.S., the Hatton Ferry crosses the James River between Buckingham and Albemarle Counties, 20 miles north of Dillwyn. Weather and river conditions permitting, the ferry generally operates on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Ferry service for special tours and times can be arranged. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per vehicle is requested. All donations go toward the upkeep, maintenance and continued operation of the ferry. Before your visit, call the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society at (434) 296-1492 or email info@thehattonferry.org to ensure that the ferry is in service.

Historic Buckingham’s spring membership meeting will take place, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Ellis Acres Memorial Park, 245 Camden Street, Dillwyn. Wilbert Dean will speak on the history of the Buckingham County Training School and one of its main founders, the Rev. Stephen J. Ellis. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting, and all are welcome. For information, call (434) 969-4355.

The Buckingham Baptist Church, 24234 N. James Madison Hwy., New Canton, will hold its spring revival Sunday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. There will be a kick off song service with the Oak Hill Boys Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by a covered-dish lunch. The Rev. Jerry Gray is guest speaker for the week that features special music each evening. Call (434) 581-3820 for more information.

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Co-sponsored by Historic Buckingham and the Buckingham County Chamber of Commerce, the annual Mayfest will take place May 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Historic Village. The festival will feature music by the Richmond Band and Cabin Creek, and include food, crafts, children’s games and educational exhibits, and for the first time this year, a climbing wall. There is no admission charge, although donations are always appreciated. More information is available at (434) 969-4355.

Ellis Acres Park, 245 Camden Street, Dillwyn, is having a spring party on Friday, April 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Old and new friends are invited. Volunteers and new ideas are being sought for more activities that appeal to families. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to (434) 983-5600 or (434) 315-0152.

The CVCHC Beulah M. Wiley Fitness Center, 25892 N. James Madison Hwy., New Canton, is hosting a variety of free things to do to stay active and improve health. Monday, May 9 is free gym use day, and June 15 there will be a Flag Day celebration and track walk. For more information on these and other events or to become a gym member call the fitness center at (434) 581-3271, extension 10601.

JANET MILLER, is a retired educator who enjoys poetry and painting. Her email address is janet.miller@farmvilleherald.com.